To get the best quality possible for Product images, we recommend:
- Cropping the image as close to the product as possible to maximize its size in the image area (See Crop Product Images for best quality to learn more)
- Avoiding extra compression before the image is uploaded. See recommendations below.
Use the original file as much as possible
The more processing an image goes through (edit, save, upload to web, download from web, edit, save, etc), the more opportunities there are for the original image to be degraded.
This also includes saving an image from one program and opening it in another program.
It's always best to work with the original file instead of a file that's resulted from multiple steps of transformation.
Avoid Using Screenshots
While convenient, taking screenshots of an image will usually result in loss or transformation of image information and result in a lower quality version of the original image.
Minimize detail loss
If the image editing or photo program you are using to save and generate your image file gives you options for using compression, it is best to minimize the amount of compression to get the best quality output possible.
Increasing Print Resolution does not help
In some programs you can increase the Print Resolution or simply "Resolution" to 300 dpi, but this simply increases the file size while not improving the level of detail. You will often find that the original pixel dimensions remain the same.
Ultimately what will determine the quality of your image is the pixel dimensions (e.g. 1200px × 1600px)
Vector images and CAD files
Vector images and CAD images (e.g. SVG, EPS, AI) will appear sharp and perfect in the program they're being edited in, but they require a transformation or "translation" into pixels when saved as raster (e.g. JPG or PNG) files. It's during this process that you determine the quality of the output.
We recommend saving with the highest level of detail and sharpness at this stage to ensure that the resulting file is the best it can be.
Use the correct Image Saving or Exporting method
Many graphics or image editing programs have a special function for saving or exporting images that is different from their default "Save" function.
Examples include "Export" or "Save for Web." These functions come with a specific set of features that allow you to generate the best possible image file from your original design file.